The COVID-19 pandemic makes it hard to end this work without making some comments about the role of science during that crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has become a crisis for human society on a global scale and by its nature has placed science at the center of human life. Within science, the pandemic has intensified research in a general way with the hope that a fundamental discovery might contain the spread of infectious disease and reduce human suffering. During the first year after the COVID-19 pandemic spread to most of the nations of the world, the scientific community has responded with a sharp acceleration in research publications about the underlying disease. While rising retractions and the specter of fraud with the fabrication of data at Surgisphere were raising concerns within professional research communities, the credibility of science itself was becoming an important issue for the general public.